Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French calls current Judas Priest line-up a cover band
Twisted Sister founder and guitarist Jay Jay French was recently interviewed by Mark Cicchini for the podcast Three Sides of the Coin and had some choice words for certain long standing bands continuing to tour into their 60s, 70s and 80s.
French stated (as transcribed by Three Sides of the Coin with slight edits): “Now look at what you’ve got with [Judas] Priest. K.K.’s gone, he runs a golf company, and now Glenn’s left, and it’s wonderful, and now it’s a cover band.”
French continued: “Well [Judas] Priest is 65 years old… 70 years old. Saxon’s 80 fucking years old. The Rolling Stones are 90 years old. I mean Stones fans are so old the old clobs are afraid the lights will go on in the room…. Watching Keith and Woody trying to play guitar is like being driven in a tour bus by José Feliciano and Ray Charles without a GPS. It’s a terrifying fucking experience. If the Stones were smart, they’d hire two 25 year old guys from Nashville who know how to play the songs parts than let these two cadavers walking around stage fucking acting like Johnny Depp in fucking Pirates Of The Caribbean. And it bothers me that they charge eighty-two hundred dollars. At least when you go to see The Eagles, there’s 45 guys on stage.”
You can hear the interview with French at Three Sides of the Coin below:
Episode 278, April 17, 2018. This week we kick things off with a video of a Gene Simmons screen test on April 7, 1981 for a TV show called Grotus. We follow up with Mark’s one on one Q&A with Jay Jay French from Twisted Sister at Spooky Empire.